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How to disable tab previews in Microsoft Edge

With a small tweak to the Windows Registry, you can get rid of Edge's tab previews.

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Microsoft Edge's tab previews can be useful. They offer a thumbnail glimpse of the current page when you mouse over a tab. If you are reading this blog post, however, you may find them annoying, especially when the tab preview for the left-most tab obfuscates Edge's forward and back buttons.

Thankfully, there is a way to disable tab previews for Microsoft Edge. You will need to dip your toes into Windows Registry waters but it's a simple tweak.

To get started, click the Start button and type regedit, hit enter to open the Registry Editor, and give it permission to make changes.

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In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following folder:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Classes > Local Settings > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > AppContainer > Storage > microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe > MicrosoftEdge > TabbedBrowsing

You can navigate through the folder hierarchy in the left panel, but a faster way is use the Edit menu at the top. Go to Edit > Find and for Find What, enter TabbedBrowsing to jump straight to that folder.

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Next, right-click on the TabbedBrowsing folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. A new item will appear in the right panel with a temporary name of New Value #1. Rename it TabPeekEnabled.

After renaming it, double-click the TabPeekEnabled item and make sure for Value data, that 0 is listed. Click the OK button and you're done.

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Restart the Edge browser and tab previews should be a thing of the past.

For more, learn 21 shortcuts for Microsoft Edge, find out 3 ways to customize Microsoft Edge, get the best Edge extensions, and see the 8 things Microsoft still needs to fix in Edge.

(Via HowToGeek)